A limited-edition single malt from the closed Rosebank distillery, released as part of the Rare Malts Selection range. The whisky was distilled in 1981 and matured for 22 years. It was bottled in April 2004 at a cask strength of 61.1%. The Rare Malts Selection is a large range of single malt bottlings from lesser-known and silent distilleries. It was created in 1995 by United Distillers (later Diageo) and ran until 2005. The whiskies in the series were all distilled in the late 1960s, 70s or early 80s and aged for at least 18 years. Because of its extensive selection of rare bottles, the range is extremely popular among collectors. The success of the Rare Malts Selection eventually led to the creation of Diageo’s annual Special Releases in 2001. The Rosebank distillery in the Scottish Lowlands was founded at the end of the 18th century and changed locations several times in its turbulent history. Rosebank was once one of the most popular lowland whiskies, but in 1993 the distillery was mothballed, making bottlings of this single malt extremely rare. In 2017 Diageo sold the Rosebank brand to Ian Macleod Distillers, who plan to reopen the distillery in 2022.